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Extreme personality and four future pros: The 2013 Missouri offensive line was special

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Godfrey and I vented about overthinking and the draft. That's worth listening to, right?

And while we're self-sharing...

SBN: The 2016 NFL Draft doesn't have a QB worth trading up for

Kentrell's name will be called ... tomorrow hopefully?

KC Star: MU’s Kentrell Brothers not worried about draft projections, just wants to play in the NFL

"I’d rather it be somewhat of a surprise than me expecting to go somewhere and it not happening and me getting my feelings hurt," Brothers said. "I stay far, far away from those draft projections."

Now that the draft drags out across three days, the wait for players to hear their name called can seem interminable, but Brothers has a plan even if he has to wait until Saturday — rounds four through seven are on the final day — before he’s selected.

"Every guy’s dream is to go on those first couple days, but, if I don’t, by no means will I be upset or disappointed," Brothers said. "That kind of situation reminds me of when I was left off the Butkus Award (finalist list) or the preseason All-SEC team and stuff like that. It’s more of a motivation kind of thing."

The Missourian: Kentrell Brothers turns heads leading up to NFL draft

"Kentrell was a great student of the game," Steckel said. "He constantly asked questions, he constantly watched video. He really put his time and effort into learning his skill set and applying it from the video to the football field."

Brothers' plea to NFL teams is exactly that.

"I watch so much film. I feel like that's what sets me apart from other people," he said. "That's a lot of the reason why I move so fast. I know what's coming, and I know where to be."

The 2013 Mizzou offensive line was great in every possible way

The Trib (Blake Toppmeyer): Draft hopeful Q&A: Evan Boehm

Q: What do you think about the fact that you and Connor are going to continue the string of Missouri offensive linemen in the NFL, following Justin Britt and Mitch Morse?

Boehm: "It’s awesome. In that 2013 season, when we won the SEC East for the first time and won the Cotton Bowl, four of those five guys are going to be in the NFL next year, and that’s something special.

"When Justin got drafted, we kind of looked at each other and said, ‘You know what? This thing could be possible for us.’ Then Mitch got drafted, and we’re like, ‘You know what? This thing is possible for us, and we need to buckle down here, and we need to have a great season.’ The season didn’t end up the way we wanted. Connor played out of position, and I played injured. But at the same time, I think we have enough tape from when we’re playing next to each other in that 2014 year, and there’s some tape from last year that shows how good we can be."

Post-Dispatch: Looking back on Mizzou's 2013 O-line

Copeland: "The context was really important. We came off a really lackluster season. We really did feel it was us against the world. Obviously there wasn’t a single person in the world saying we’re going to be top five in the nation and play for an SEC championship. No one was saying that. But we were saying that. There was no (saying), ‘Let’s see how it goes.’ It was, ‘This is what’s going to happen.’

"When you make bold statements you get really tight with the other people making bold statements. Then it’s you against everyone else. That became our mantra. It didn’t matter who wanted to hop on the bandwagon. We had our group and didn’t care what people thought of us. It made us nasty and kind of rebellious in a way. That was probably my favorite part."

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